STATUS: New for 2019, carries over for 2020 - The Civic-based Insight gives Honda a triple-threat in the gasoline-electric category, alongside the Accord Hybrid and Clarity plug-in. The powertrain consists of a 99-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. The drive motor generates 129 horsepower while a secondary electric motor acts as a starter as well as a generator. The internal-combustion engine only operates independently when the Insight is cruising at steady-state highway speeds, otherwise the electric motor powers the front wheels alone through a direct-drive controller. The four-cylinder's key function is to generate electricity for the battery pack. In EV Drive mode, the electric motor operates solo, but only for about a mile or so before the gasoline engine kicks in to replenish the batteries. EV Drive comes in handy for low-speed stop-and-go traffic. The Insight LX includes an assortment of active-safety technology that's bundled under the Honda Sensing name. The mid-grade EX adds a 60/40 split rear seat, premium audio system and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity. The Touring comes with a moonroof, navigation and heated power front seats.
Base price (incl. destination): $23,850
Type: Compact hybrid sedan
Engine (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-4 with electric motor (151, combined)
Transmission: Continuously variable
Base mpg (city/highway): 55/49/52
Base weight (lb.): 2,990